Why is national security a money in politics issue?
Did the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision really allow for more speech by more people in the political process?
What, exactly, are states doing to tackle campaign finance issues in their local elections?
These are just a few of the topics on today’s C-SPAN Washington Journal which spent three hours talking campaign finance this morning with a handful of guests and dozens of viewer phone calls.
One of those guests was Issue One adviser Meredith McGehee, policy director at the Campaign Legal Center. She spoke opposite Christian Berg, former deputy general counsel of the nonprofit group Citizens United for nearly an hour.
In addition, Sheila Krumholz, executive director at the Center for Responsive Politics, updated viewers on the incredible amount of money spent by outside groups during the 2016 election cycle – more than $400 million so far.
It case it’s not obvious, Citizens United was the plaintiff in that in infamous Supreme Court case that predicated the explosion of money in our elections. But you might not know that’s there lots we can do to fix the system, even with Citizens United on the books. Have you read our Blueprints for Democracy report? If not, check it out! It’s your best resource for how to return democracy to the American people right now.